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SEMINARS & RESEARCH SPACE

Common research space

The Multi-R-Hub aims to create a common research space to effectively use and develop the infrastructure available at the University of Warsaw. Thanks to the funding from IDUB Action II 3.7, we have created laboratories equipped with computers, eyetrackers and an EEG booth to facilitate gathering cutting-edge empirical data.

The lab is located at Dobra 55, room 2.223. It is equipped with a 32-electrode Biosemi Active-Two system and a soundproof booth with a Faraday cage to run experiments in. For experiments either PsychoPy or E-Prime can be used. Both programmes will be available in the lab, together with Matlab licenses which allow for EEG data analysis supported by free-of-charge EEGLAB and ERPLAB packages.

We also acquired a state-of-the-art eye-tracking system. EyeLink Portable Duo produced by SR Research can be used to track eye gaze and movements during language processing and measure pupil size both in the lab and in the field. It can be used independently or jointly with the EEG system for more advanced research.

Practical EEG workshops

The aim of launching the EEG Lab at Dobra 55 was to drive excellence in future research in linguistics, to train linguists in psychological methods, and to further develop the expertise of the researchers involved in the IDUB initiative, as well as students and Ph.D. candidates from our faculties. For this reason, we have organized a series of workshops devoted to the theory and practice of EEG research. These will take place at Dobra 55 every month.

The first three workshops will present EEG basics, including the basics behind the analysis of so-called ERPs (i.e. event-related potentials). They will be given by Dr. Kalinka Timmer from the Psychology Department (University of Warsaw) at 11.30 AM at Dobra 55, room 1016, 1st floor. The schedule is as follows.

Autumn/winter 2022 – a practical introduction

  • 11.2022 – The electrophysiology (EEG) of language
  • 12.2022 – From EEG to ERP (Event-Related Potentials)
  • 01.2023 – Interpreting ERP components

Spring summer 2023 – hands-on sessions

  • the data acquisition protocol, electrode placement, and troubleshooting during the experiment
  • designing and replicate a study with a focus on one of the linguistic ERP components
  • running the study together in spring 2023.

All the events planned for the EEG Lab will be announced here. For more information, please contact the lab directly at eeglab.dobra55@uw.edu.pl.

Research methodology courses

All those who want to learn more about the methods of empirical research can take part in a wide range of research methods courses created and run by our lab members. The courses are run in coopeartion with the School for International Science UW thanks to the IDUB funding.

Seminars and workshops

The Multi-R-Hub aims to facilitate the exchange of know-how and experience among researchers and students working on language acquisition and use. The following seminars are taking place in 2022:

Multi-R-Hub seminar (once a month, Thursday, 11.30-13:00) presents the research carried out by the Multi-R-Hub teams or by the invited guests. The seminar takes place at Dobra 55 or online. Please check the news about the upcoming events.

So far, the following meetings have taken place:

  • Launching the Multi-R-Hub – 14th January 2022
  • Experimental Linguistics Lab presentation – 11th March 2022
  • Audiovisual Translation Lab presentation – 25th March 2022
  • MultiLADA Lab presentation – 22nd April 2022
  • Invited lecture – Institute of Multilingualism, Switzerland – 9th June 2022
  • Let’s talk bilingualism: the impact of language context on attention and control mechanisms – 20th October 2022
  • Using N400 in phonological research – the ‘semantics’ of word stress perception – 20th October 2022

You can access all recordings from our seminars  on the official IDUB YouTube channel: YT Multilingualism Research Hub (II.3.7)

 

Launching the Multi-R-Hub – 14th January 2022.

See the film from the launching meeting and the lecture by dr Katarzyna Wojtylak “Linguistic Research Skills – experiences from the Amazon”

 

 

Experimental Linguistics Lab presentation – 11th March 2022

See the films presenting Ling Lab research on the acquisition of L2 and L3 vocabulary and grammar.

  • Vocabulary acquisition – prof. UW dr hab. Agnieszka Otwinowska-Kasztelanic

  • Studying grammar: dr Małgorzata Foryś-Nogala

 

Audiovisual  Translation Lab presentation – 25th March 2022

See the presentation by prof. UW dr hab. Agnieszka Szarkowska, dr Valentina Ragni, mgr Gabriela Flis, and mgr Sonia Szkriba

 

MultiLADA Lab presentation – 22nd April 2022

See the presentation by prof. dr hab. Ewa Haman, dr Karolina Mieszkowska, mgr Magdalena Krysztofiak, and dr Itziar Lozano Sánchez

 

 

  • The Flying School of Linguistics Applied  is a research interest group  aiming to present and discuss good practices in the research on linguistics APPLIED to various domains. Each time a speaker (a PhD student, or a researcher) presents a cutting-edge piece of linguistic research with a slight twist towards psycholinguistics. The speakers discuss study aims and design, instruments, equipment, procedures, as well and results and their interpretation. They also point to challenges and opportunities offered by the particular methodology applied. Please check the news and follow us on Facebook to present or learn about about the upcoming events.